A lot of Rangers games lately have gone something like this: The starter throws a really good game, yet the offense can’t make it count, and the Rangers fall short.

That was pretty much the exact story tonight as the Rangers’ offense was shut out on just four hits, spoiling a strong start as Texas fell to Clevland to open the homestand.

Michael Lorenzen was the latest starter to fall victim to a lack of offense.

Lorenzen had his best start as a Ranger tonight, throwing seven scoreless innings and allowing just one hit.

“Hard to get more than that, seven solid innings,” Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said after the game.

“After throwing 25 pitches [in the first], there he was in the 7th inning throwing the ball well, and that’s all you can ask from your starter.”

The Guardians broke through in the 8th off Jose Leclerc when a leadoff double would eventually come around to score via an RBI single from Brayan Rocchio.

Cleveland got two more when Jose Ramirez came through with a two-RBI single off Jacob Latz in that same inning to make it 3-0.

By the end of the night, Cleveland had scored 4 in the 8th and 3 in the ninth to put the Rangers underwater.

“We’re just going through a little bit of a rut right now offensively,” Bochy said.

“We’ll come out of this; we’re too good not to come out of it.”


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